Present: Chair Jan Galloway Leclerc, Don Sellarole, Bob Anderson, Pauline Barnes, Tom Murray.
The purpose of the meeting was to look at the warrants of every Town Report from the time the Walpole Zoning Ordinances were adopted in 1968 to the present and note any warrant article pertaining to changing, adding to or deleting an ordinance.
At a Board Workshop at the end of July, some members of the Board looked at the recently printed Avitar map of the zoning districts in Walpole and discovered that there were zoning errors – zoning changes not included, overlapping districts, omissions from the original ordinance.
At the workshop, Board members looked at every Town Report from 1968 to 2019. Each member took a book of Town Reports and went through the warrant articles. He/she then checked the following year to see if the townspeople voted to pass or defeat the article relating to a change in the zoning ordinance. The meeting started at noon and the Board members were finished by 3:30 pm.
Board members found about 60 warrant articles related to zoning ordinances. At the next regular meeting in August, the Board will decide how to proceed. Some articles have to be checked with the current copy of the Walpole Zoning Ordinance that the Board has today. One or two ordinances have to be checked against the original 1968 copy of the ordinance. The last time the document was amended was in March of 2019.